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Woodbridge in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Great Woodbridge Train Wreck of 1951

 
 
Woodbridge Train Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
1. Woodbridge Train Disaster Marker
The accident took place in a heavily populated part of Woodbridge
Inscription. In memory of the 85 people who perished on February 6, 1951, when a Pennsylvania Railroad Commuter Train derailed ¼ of a mile (1300 feet) south of this station, and in recognition of the Woodbridge residents and those of the surrounding communities who came to the aid of the injured.
 
Erected 2003 by New Jersey Transit.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 40° 33.283′ N, 74° 16.633′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Eleanor Place on Main Street. Touch for map. Monument is clearly visible in front of a small park just behind the railroad trestle. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge NJ 07095, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Woodbridge Township (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Woodbridge Police Memorial (about 300 feet away); Purple Heart Memorial (about 400 feet away); NJ POW Memorial (about 400 feet away); Woodbridge War Memorial (about 400 feet away); George Washington’s Inauguration
View of marker and small park from Main Street. image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
2. View of marker and small park from Main Street.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Cross Keys Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Cross Keys Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
Regarding Great Woodbridge Train Wreck of 1951. This monument was dedicated for the 50th anniversary of a train wreck in Woodbridge, New Jersey that killed 80 passengers and injured hundreds more.

The train (called "The Broker" because of the Wall Street executives who rode it) had crossed a temporary trestle which was unable to support it at the speed the train was traveling.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 4,664 times since then and 126 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 27, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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